Body Weight and Obesity

Body Mass Index is the measurement which is used to calculate if a person is an undelight, healthy weight, overweight, or obese. It is calculated by dividing the mass of a person in kilograms by his height in meters cubed (GBD 2015 Obesity Collaborators 2017). With many truck drivers spending most of their time seated with minimal body movement. This leads to an increase in their body weight as there is nobody exercise to increase the rate of burning calories. With a low rate of calories burn there is an increased accumulation of fat in the body this makes one either overweight or obese which is not good to one’s health. There is a need for change in behavior and eating habits that will lead to weight loss among the truck drivers and help them maintain healthy body weight.

There have been ongoing campaigns to help the increased number of truck drivers that have been having health complications relating to overweight and obesity. This has led to need for increased awareness on how to prevent an excessive increase in body weight that is unhealthy, and how to reduce body weight for the overweight and the obese and also how to maintain healthy body weight. This can only be done giving them advice on the best foot to put in their diets and increased body activities that will increase the rate of calories burning in the body.

Reducing body weight and maintaining healthy body weight is not an easy task compared to gaining weight and considering the tight schedule by truck drivers there may be limited time and limited access to a healthy diet hence making their efforts fruitless. It will take the drivers more effort than any other people to manage to lose and maintain weight. Drivers should always give a try of having some morning run or evening when available. This reduces the fat concentration in the muscles and around the heart. What truck drivers should concentrate more on is keeping a healthy diet that will not increase their body weight. This might be the only solution because truck drivers have limited time.

A healthy diet can do magic when it comes to weight loss; proteins in the body increase the metabolic rate in the body which burns the calories in the body. Burning calories reduces the accumulation of fats in the body hence minimizes the weight of the person. Processed foods contain a high content of sugar, fats, and calories that are added to these foods. These added substances lead to the increased body weight of the person consuming them. If the truck drivers want to reduce their body weights, they should reduce or completely abstain from consuming processed foods.

Sugar is one of the most dangerous food in the human body; sugar is added to most foods; hence it can be easily consumed without knowing. Sugar has been said to cause many diseases like heart disease, cancer, and other weight-related diseases. Much intake of sugar reduces the rate of calorie burning in the body hence making the body accumulate or not convert the fats stored in the body. This leads to increased body weight as there is no number of fats that is converted to energy. The person consuming the sugar can only add weight or retain his body weight. There is no possibility of decreasing weight. Drinking water is another important component in the human body that can lead to weight loss. Drinking water increases the rate of calorie burn in the body hence reducing fat accumulation in the body.

Vegetables and fruits are healthy diets that contain natural fats, nutrients, fiber, and water. They are essential when it comes to weight loss. They have a shallow concentration of energy; hence they do not lead to increased weight (Baidal et al., 2016). Track drivers should increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables which do not lead to the accumulation of fats in the body. Fasting is another way of losing weight. Truck drivers can start a fasting schedule that will be aimed at denying the body food hence denying it the required energy; this leads to conversion of fats stored in the boy to energy hence the person losing weight as days go by.

For someone who is not sick or gaining weight is an easy task, too much weight is not good for one’s health, and it is always advisable to maintain normal body weight to avoid health complications (Hruby, & Hu, 2015). Many people are not cautious when it comes to gaining weight and notice when it too late and the main and most challenging work is to lose weight. Many start to reduce their body weight when their doctor advises them to do so after it is noticed that their weight is bringing the health complications. For most whatever is recommended to them to help lose weight is more difficult to put up with and it could have been easier to maintain weight than to lose weight.

Dieting tracking and exercise are best ways to regulate body weight, exercises burning the excess fats stored in the body hence regulating the amount of weight that an organization can have (Van Dijk et al., 2015). A good and healthy diet is used to regulate the number of foods that are consumed that can increase the level of stored fasting the body and prevent more conversion of food to starch the required diet shut to increase the metabolic rate hence increasing the rate of calorie burning in the body. The US FDA and has taken efforts to address the opioid crisis by approaching REMS; this plan includes a strategy to help the communities that have high opioid use by educating on the risk of use of opioid medications to treat pain. It is now a requirement for first-time patients to be educated on REMS education. Nurses and pharmacist are required to have a high weight level available to them; hence prescribers can choose to avoid but first times can’t.

People that are obese have MBR or 30, and above, obesity is associated with many health complications such as health disease, blood pressure, and respiratory diseases. For an obsessed truck driver is risky to have such diseases (Flegal, Kruszon-Moran, Carroll, Fryar, & Ogden, 2016). The work of a truck driver is work that can lead to loss of many lives. Imagine a truck driver who gets a heart attack while driving at a speed of 80km/hr. This is likely to lead to many deaths; it is hazardous for truck drivers to be obese since the diseases associated with obesity ca attack at any time. The methods that have been discussed can be very efficiently applied by the truck drivers that suffer from obesity and help improve their health and save lives.


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